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The Net-Zero Sea Alliance holds new meetings of the port maritime sector decarbonisation working groups

Valencia, 20 December 2022. – Last week, the Net-Zero Mar Alliance held new meetings of the working groups on Electricity supply to ships from port and Roadmap for the decarbonisation of the maritime port sector.

During the meeting of the Working Table on Port Electricity Supply to Ships, which was attended by more than 45 participants, the objectives set during the first meeting were evaluated and prioritised with a view to the activities for 2023.

The objectives that received the most support were the identification of solutions according to ship typology; the selection of the technologies to be installed and the network infrastructure needs in the ports. With regard to the regulatory framework block, the impact of the AFIR and FuelEU Maritime regulation proposals and the need to quantify the impact of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), together with the exemptions and incentive mechanisms for the promotion of the use of OPS, were the topics that aroused most interest.

In addition, a round table was held with the participation of the shipping companies Baleària, FRS, Grupo Junquera Marítima and Suardiaz, in which the needs, barriers and technical aspects that they have to face when implementing OPS solutions on board were analysed. One of the main conclusions of this debate was the need to advance in the standardisation of the conditions of supply to ships in Spanish ports. Finally, the funding mechanisms of the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) programme were presented, as well as the different calls planned for 2023.

For its part, the working table on the Roadmap for the decarbonisation of the port maritime sector, in which more than 30 partners took part, focused on the main objective foreseen for 2022, related to the definition of the scope of the sector. Specifically, a first taxonomy of the actors in the sector was carried out, proposing a categorisation distinguishing different blocks of actors, as well as the type of operations they carry out in order to be able to estimate the main emissions of the ports.

This process will continue throughout 2023 until a complete description of the scope of the sector is reached and will be shared on the Alliance website. The second part of the meeting dealt with the European Horizon Europe funding mechanisms in the 2023 and 2024 calls related to these themes.

The Net-Zero Sea Alliance is a collaborative platform whose main objective is to position the Spanish maritime industry as a leader in the reduction of emissions in maritime-port environments using alternative technologies to achieve these objectives. To this end, it will establish a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders in the sector, as well as with official bodies; it will tackle specific projects and will focus on research, development and innovation to support this transformation.

The Net-Zero Mar Alliance, whose general secretariat is managed by Fundación Valenciaport, is currently made up of the following 38 entities: ABB, Abervian, Autoridad Portuaria de Alicante, Autoridad Portuaria de València, Baleària, Bound4blue, Bureau Veritas, Centro de Investigación en Tecnología, Energía y Sostenibilidad de la Universidad de Huelva (CITES), Danfoss, Endurance Motive S.A., FRS, Fundación Valenciaport, Grupo Junquera Marítima, Ghenova, Global Factor, Grupo Gimeno, Grupo Consulmar, Ingeteam, Iberdrola, Insteimed, Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), Man Energy Solutions, MFS Energy, MSCTV Terminal Valencia, Navantia S.A., Ormazabal – A Velatia Company, Port Castelló, Puerto Banús, PYMAR, RINA, Seaplace, Siemens, Suardíaz Shipping Lines, Tec Container, Tecnalia, Terasaki, Tubacex Group and Universitat Politécnica de València.

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